'Hook' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Star Bob Hoskins is Retiring

August 8, 2012
Source: BBC News

Bob Hoskins

Frankly, I'm just glad this isn't an obituary, but this news isn't much easier to swallow. BBC News has word that British actor Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the same affliction which Michael J. Fox has been fighting for years now. The 69-year old actor has opted to leave behind his profession in order to spend more time with his family. As someone who grew up seeing Hoskins in films like Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (and yes, even Super Mario Bros.), this truly is a sad day for me and fans of the work Hoskins has put in over the past forty years. More below!

Though Hoskins career never brought him an Oscar, but he was certainly nominated for one with his performance in Neil Jordan's film Mona Lisa. The good news is that performance actually won him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Several more Globe nominations were sent his way for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Mrs. Henderson Presents, the 2005 comedy from Stephen Frears. Hoskins also got some love on the small screen too earning an International Emmy for his work in the drama series "The Street."

Hoskins has always been a great supporting player with roles in Stay with Ewan McGregor, Michael with John Travolta, Nixon with Anthony Hopkins, Mermaids with Cher and Winona Ryder, The Cotton Club from director Francis Ford Coppola, and countless more TV series from across the pond. More recently, Hoskins had turned up in Snow White and the Huntsman as one of the dwarves and the miniseries "Neverland" with Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel, in which he revived his Hook role as Smee. We'll be sad that Hoskins will no longer be on the big screen, but thank him for all the great work and memories he's delivered to Hollywood throughout his fantastic career. You will be missed, sir.

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    Good for him. He has given us so many good memories.
  • When you talk about Bob you can at least talk about the awesome movies he did, The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and the like. Not fupping Super Mario!
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a defining part of my childhood and a milestone for my interests in movies, comedy, special effects. Bob brought it all together and drove the believability for the audience to connect with.
  • Bob's a marvelous actor and he's going to be greatly missed on the screen. Good luck Mr H.
  • Bob Rules
    How can you not mention The Long Good Friday? Bob scared the crap out of me in that one.
    • Crom
      because this supposed movie site knows feck all about non hollywood blockbusters,,,thats why.
      • How often do you visit this site? I often see posts on here for independent movies. Just look at the pages and you will see!
  • Carlo
    Saw The Long Good Friday two nights ago. Phenomenal performance.
  • Scotty97
    Truly a shame to hear. I wasn't aware he had Parkinsons. Such a great actor with a wide variety of appeal. His presence will certainly be missed. All my best wishes go out to him.
  • grimjob
    Well Mr Hoskins, here's to the pencil pushers...
  • CB22
    The long good Friday performance is a classic. Such a good movie. That very last scene of him in the car... amazing.
  • Sad that he has to retire because of this. He will be in my prayers. Can't believe Who Framed Roger Rabbit turns 25 next year.
  • LosZombies
    Sad news indeed. Hoskins is an amazing actor, and his role in Unleashed was actually one of my favorites. Well, perhaps he can look into voice work? Who knows. Heres to you Mr. Hoskins!
  • Johnny Neat
    Let's not forget Pink Floyd the movie. In case anyone else didn't already add it to childhood Hoskins appearances.




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